I've been under the weather and just have had no energy to do anything but sleep. Thank God I'm finally feeling a little better, not quite like myself yet but I'm getting there. I wanted to talk to you loves about natural oils for your hair. Plant based oils have been used on the hair for centuries by many different cultures. Oils have been used in array for their conditioning, moisturizing, healing, stimulating and strengthening abilities as well as to treat ailments such as dandruff, dry and itchy scalp and scalp diseases. Here are a few of some of the more popular, yet beneficial oils to use for your natural hair:AMLA OIL: Strengthening
Amla oil is commonly used in India and also in Ayurvedic practice. Amla oil is also referred to as "Indian gooseberry" and this oil has been said to strengthen the hair from the root, promote stronger hair growth and prevent or stop hair loss problems. Be mindful that over time, amla oil has the ability to darken the hair, which is why it is also said to help reduce greying. Try using amla oil as a pre-poo or hot oil treatment, or you can try bagging overnight for softer hair in the morning.
AVOCADO OIL: Nutrient Rich | Moisturizing
One of the very few oils that actually penetrate the hair shaft instead of sitting on the strand and suffocating it, is avocado oil. Avocado oil is filled with essential nutrients for your hair such as vitamins A, B, D and E. In addition to adding moisture to the hair, it has also been said to improve sheen and works well as a deep conditioner or oil rinse.
BLACK SEED OIL: Strengthening | Fortifying
Black seed oil has been used for centuries to cure hundreds of ailments, hair loss and premature graying included. A lot of healers believe that black seed oil does and can stop hair loss, and even help to increase hair growth.
CASTOR OIL: (Jamaican Black included): Reconstructive | Moisturizing | Prevents Breakage & Promotes Growth
Castor oil... ahhhh, an age old favorite that stays stocked in my house. When I first decided to stop relaxing my hair, I was suffering from severe hair loss around my hair line. Castor oil was one of the few oils I would regularly massage along my edges to promote growth. It is also one of the oils I regularly use to seal my ends when twisting my hair. Not only does Castor oil help increase hair growth, it also prevents thinning, helps to reduce split ends (seal ladies!), combats frizz, moisturizes the hair and also helps to prevent scalp infections from occurring.
EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL (EVCO): Strengthening | Moisture Retentive
Of course EVCO would be good for your hair, its made up of proteins that are naturally attracted to the proteins, or keratin in your hair. One of the fabulous things about this oil is that its one of the few that actually penetrates the hair shaft. EVCO has been known to increase hair moisture, protect color and strengthen the hair. Try using EVCO as a pre-poo, deep conditioner or to seal your ends when styling. EVCO has also been said to nourish and heal damaged hair and can soften the hair when used as a deep conditioner.
HEMP SEED OIL: Moisturizing | Strengthening | Hydrating
Hemp Seed oil consists of an abundance of fatty acids and is incredibly moisturizing. It has been said that the oil can help improve hair growth. Although the oil comes from the same plant as marijuana, it is perfectly legal and won't cause you to fail any random employee drug tests (source). The oil is good for dry or damaged hair and has been said to strengthen the hair follicle. It is also good for skin conditions such as eczema, and psoriasis.
ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL: Fortifying | Stimulating | Healing
This is one oil that has been said to demonstrate immediate results after use. Rosemary oil has been rumored to increase "shine" and help promote hair growth by stimulating the scalp. This oil is an antibacterial and helps to rid the scalp of dandruff, irritation, dry and itchy skin, and dirt. Rosemary oil has also been said to help stimulate hair growth and if you have a dog or puppy, you can even use this oil on their coat to help keep them shiny!
SAFFLOWER SEED OIL: Moisturizing | Nourishing | Prevents Breakage
This odorless oil is rich in fatty acids and has been known to protect and nourish the hair. You may commonly find Safflower Seed oil in some of your favorite shampoos, conditioners and other hair products.The oil has been found to be great for dry and damaged hair, color treated, natural or relaxed hair and is wonderfully moisturizing.
SWEET ALMOND OIL: Strengthening | Nourishing | Prevents Hair Loss
Sweet Almond oil is a very light oil, which is great for those with thinner hair. It derives from sweet almonds (hence, the name) and has several benefits for the hair. The oil is said to help strengthen the hair and hair follicle, as well as prevent hair loss, breakage and adds sheen to the hair. Sweet almond oil is also one of the oils that are commonly used in many hair products, as it has been found to smooth the cuticle layer of the hair.
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL: Healing | Soothing
If you are struggling with a scalp condition such as dandruff or itchy scalp, then Tea Tree oil needs to be in your arsenal. This wonder oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, and is commonly used as an anti-septic. Tea tree oil is also great to use on the scalp if you have eczema or dermatitis. I frequently use tea tree oil to treat my itchy scalp and it works wonders, literally!
What are some of your favorite hair oils and why? Which oils do you love that aren't on the list?